Solving war crimes from the recent past in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a difficult process triggering stress to the victims/witnesses, but also to the experts dealing with war crimes. The legal punishment of perpetrators of all war crimes is the most important part of the healing process, as in this way the State re-establishes faith in justice and its moral credibility.
The European Union considers the protection and support of victims and witnesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a key priority. This was also envisioned in the 2008 BiH National War Crimes Strategy (NWCS), the primary aim of which is to resolve all outstanding war crimes cases in a timely manner. The implementation of the NWCS is also one of the core priorities addressed within the framework of the EU-BiH Structured Dialogue on Justice.
With the aim of improving access to justice and rehabilitation of the conflict affected victims/witnesses through provision of multidisciplinary support, the European Union funded the project “Ensuring access to Justice for witness/victims through strengthening existing and establishing new witness support networks across BH”.